Providing meaningful and engaging opportunities to connect to the community drives all the work we do at Community Involvement Programs. We do this by engaging with a diverse range of volunteer opportunities and taking part in activities designed to promote independence, wellness and connecting individuals to the many resources available to them throughout the community.
- Open Arms Minnesota: At Open Arms, our volunteers help deliver meals to those in need throughout the Northeast Minneapolis area. The organization is currently expanding to not only cook, bake and deliver fresh food, they will now grow it too! On their three-acre organic garden, Open Farms, they produce 30,000 pounds of delicious veggies each year to use in their client’s meals. Open Arms partners with eleven Meals on Wheels affiliates to provide meals for senior citizens in the community. There are many different ways you can get involved at open arms, including a networking organization for young professionals, called Nosh.
- Hope for the City: There’s never a lack of things to do when we volunteer at Hope for the City. On the days we volunteer here, we sort food, load trucks, assemble mailings, pack medical supplies and help with recycling. We know our hard work pays off in a big way when we lend a hand here, because this organization supports over 85 non-profit Partnering Agencies that provide food and other much-needed resources to people in need in Minnesota and around the world.Their local and international Partnering Agencies serve children and adults in need of food, shelter, medical care and other much-needed services. They provide meals for hungry children & adults, education for the underprivileged, job skills for the unemployed, support for senior citizens, medical care for the sick, and educational & social programs for youth.
- Dress for Success is a nonprofit devoted to promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Not only is volunteering at Dress for Success a fun way to spend the day, but it is a wonderful resource for so many people, including some of our very own job seekers at Community Involvement Programs. It’s a great feeling to sort through and help organize the donated professional clothes knowing that they will serve to help someone land that dream job they’ve been working so hard for.
- Store to Door: Volunteers of the Store to Door program help individuals to age with dignity by providing grocery delivery services and a link to the world outside of their home. When we go to Store to Door to cut coupons, we know we are playing our part in helping seniors get the assistance they need to live healthy, comfortable lives.
Moving forward, we are pleased to announce some exciting new volunteer activities we will be taking part in. This summer you will be able to find us helping out in a local rain garden plot, as well as planting and maintaining garden plots and doing cleanup around the Northeast neighborhood. We are also eager for our volunteers to begin working with By Hand and Heart, an adult craft workshop offered through the Jewish Community Center of St. Paul.
In addition to the plethora of volunteer opportunities we are committed to, we also take part in a number of activities designed to interact with the community, promote health and fitness, and foster essential skills. Some of our favorite activities are going bowling, hiking, fishing, working out at L.A. Fitness, and visiting the MLK Recreation Center, where individuals have their choice of a variety of activities such as basketball, board games, and using the computer lab.
- When we’re not busy volunteering or working to keep physically fit, we offer a Transportation Skills group that is focused on developing knowledge and understanding of the public transit system in the metro area. By taking part in this activity individuals we support gain independence to get around town with ease and confidence.
- Whether it’s at a park or at the Ridgewood Church, our singing group is not to be missed. In this group you’ll have a chance to sing, play and listen to music of all types.
- In Clare’s Women’s Group, it’s all about supporting each other. Women of all backgrounds who are involved with CIP can share their experience, learn new things, and support each other in this women-focused activity group.
- We are also looking forward to new activities introduced by our newest Community Support Specialists, including a bird watching group at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary.